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The Marengo Jake Stories
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Between 1885 and 1894 The Montgomery Advertiser, The Birmingham-Age Herald, and The New Orleans Times Democrat featured a series of about 80 humorous black-dialect sketches by Robert Wilton Burton, a bookseller and writer from Auburn, Alabama.  According to Burton, these tales were based on various characters in the black community of Auburn, and 36 of them were devoted exclusively to a character called "Marengo Jake."  Probably originally from Virginia, Jake Mitchell was brought to the Drake Plantation in Marengo county as a boy in the 1850's.  After the Civil War, the Drake family moved to Auburn and many former slaves followed, forming a fairly large expatriate Marengo County community.  The theme of the stories, usually related by Jake, centers on the superiority of all things from Marengo County, especially over those in Lee County, in which Auburn is located.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. A Note on the Texts
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. M'renger
  2. pp. 25-30
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  1. M'reener: How Uncle Jake Interviewed a "High-Drawin'" Ram
  2. pp. 31-37
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  1. Marengo Mud: Old Jake's Story of the Bottomless Slough
  2. pp. 38-45
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  1. Three Little Boys and Three Little Fishes
  2. pp. 46-51
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  1. Marengo Jake Plays Another Trick on the Three Boys
  2. pp. 52-58
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  1. Seismic Phenomena-Explained by a Marengo Scientist
  2. pp. 59-63
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  1. Christmas in Marengo
  2. pp. 64-70
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  1. Jake and Miss Emmer
  2. pp. 71-76
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  1. Tripping Jake
  2. pp. 77-81
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  1. The Marengo Prestidigitator
  2. pp. 82-86
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  1. Marengo Jake: A Romance of Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds
  2. pp. 87-93
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  1. Jake Cornered
  2. pp. 94-97
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  1. A True Story: How Marengo Jake Elected Cleveland
  2. pp. 98-104
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  1. Marengo Jake: He Tells About a Famous "Dry Drought"
  2. pp. 105-109
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  1. Marengo Jake: An Incident ofthe Wet Drouth in M'ringer
  2. pp. 110-115
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  1. A Marengo Runaway: Old Jake Recalls an Antebellum Incident
  2. pp. 116-121
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  1. Dick and the Devil
  2. pp. 122-127
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  1. A M'ringer Rat Story: Old Jake's Midnight Adventure in a Corn Field
  2. pp. 128-133
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  1. Old Time Christmas: M'ringer Jake Recalls a Famous Celebration
  2. pp. 134-141
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  1. A Pig Tale
  2. pp. 142-146
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  1. An Assin a Lion's Skin
  2. pp. 147-151
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  1. Birmingham Dirt: A Widespread Idea Illustrated by Old Jake
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. Looking Backward
  2. pp. 158-164
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  1. A Mule as Was a Mule
  2. pp. 165-170
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  1. An Eating Match: Long Tom Rumpless and Pervidin' Elder Hollerhorn
  2. pp. 171-177
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  1. Jake's New House
  2. pp. 178-182
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  1. A Legend: How Clarke Played It on Marengo
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Underground Farming
  2. pp. 189-195
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  1. Jake's Senses
  2. pp. 196-202
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  1. Jake Heard From: Marengo Melons and How They Made Mr. Humphrey's Fortune
  2. pp. 203-207
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  1. A Lesson in Natural History
  2. pp. 208-213
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  1. Miss Mary; or, The Value ofEducation
  2. pp. 214-220
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  1. A Model School
  2. pp. 221-227
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  1. Mosquitoes of Marengo
  2. pp. 228-233
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  1. Lightning
  2. pp. 234-239
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  1. An Abridged Nar[rjative
  2. pp. 240-247
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